FIFA this week hosted its second National Dispute Resolution Chamber (NDRC) workshop in Panama City, Panama, building on the programme’s inaugural event held in South Africa in May.
NDRCs are arbitration tribunals, based on the principle of equal representation of clubs and players, to offer players and clubs an efficient and affordable mechanism to handle disputes regarding employment and contractual stability as well as those concerning training compensation and solidarity contributions.
During FIFA’s two-day workshop, held on 17 and 18 July and the first of its kind in the Americas, Member Associations, clubs and players’ representatives from Ecuador, Honduras, Panama and Paraguay, were joined by representatives of football’s global stakeholders: FIFPro, World Leagues Forum (‘WLF’), Concacaf and CONMEBOL.
Participants worked constructively to discuss the status of dispute resolutions involving clubs and players and to define the next steps to set up, or review, the structures of each of the four nation’s NDRCs, along the lines of FIFA’s Standard National Dispute Resolution Chamber Regulations.
Following the successful completion of FIFA’s first pilot project in Costa Rica, the kick-off of NDRC programmes in Ecuador, Honduras, Panama and Paraguay, represents a further step to modernise relations between clubs and players in the Americas.
The global implementation of NDRCs is managed by FIFA’s Professional Football Department, with the assistance of Player Status Department. The programme will continue with the organisation of further workshops and the engagement of more Member Associations in the coming months.